The Leaky Boob just shared a seriously powerful image on Instagram, along with an equally powerful caption. Written by a mom-of-four named Lola K— who blogs over at What the B**p Am I Doing?"—the post features a sepia-toned image of her daughter Willow feeding from a supplemental nursing system, along with a very real and relatable message about the struggles of breastfeeding.
"You expect if you have mastered nursing one child you will master it with all," Lola wrote. "3 kids down with being nursed for over 18 months. You got this right. Until your fourth comes. By the beat of her own drum. Forget following the lead of her older brothers instead of coming at 41+ weeks she decides 37 is good enough. Little do you know had she come at her due time. Your mother would have never met her. Babies know things."
Babies DO know things, and we're so glad Willow’s grandmom got to meet her.
"Then at 2 weeks. It's figured out she is a great pretend nurser. The yellow coating of jaundice proves that. You think you get through that, and all is fine," Lola continues. "Until you realize baby isn't gaining weight. Not like she has gain [sic] a pound here or there and is tiny. But she is still a whopping 9 pounds at 4 months."
The problems didn't stop there, and Lola shared her experiences combatting the struggle: "Latch issues with a bottle and nursing. Nursing donor milk, formula are life. It's then you realize this journey will be different. The march of her own drum. She would honestly be happy with a hamster water drop bottle. It's when you have to let go and accept you are enough. No matter where this journey leads you."
So beautiful. And can we please give Lola all the applause for being able to embrace her baby girl's journey while acknowledging that she has zero control over it—something that's not all that easy to do when you're smack in the middle of it.
We love how she gets that every child's journey is awe-inspiring, even if it's different than the one you initially pictured in your head. This is such an important message for all the women out there struggling to breastfeed. You are more than enough, ladies. Way more than enough. Mad props to this strong mama for the reminder.